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Heroes come in all different shapes and sizes.

Some join our armed forces and go to war, either to defend our country or preserve our freedoms and way of life.

Putting your own life on the line takes a particular kind of courage and sadly we have seen many of our servicemen and women make that ultimate sacrifice over the years.

Other heroes don’t put themselves in the way of danger, but the part they play in our communities still makes them stand out as special and unique.

We’re delighted to say that Malcolm Garbutt is one of those people.

Spurred on by his initial sense of frustration, he decided to take action, doing whatever he could to help.

He spent many hours manning his Help for Heroes stall at the Meridian Centre in Havant and in the space of just a year he’s managed to raise an incredible £21,000.

Now the charity itself has presented him with a certificate to commend him for all he does and we add our thanks too.

He sums up what our We Can Do It charity campaign is all about.

We’ve always felt that it’s important to recognise those unsung heroes who go about their business doing good things for others.

And everyone who has bought a wristband from Mr Garbutt, or put money in his collection tin, is also doing their bit and we congratulate them too.

It’s possible for many more people to show that they care on October 21 when we celebrate Heroes Day.

We’ve been asking readers to pledge their support by dressing up as their own heroes for the day and there’s already been a fantastic response.

Inspired by the memory of Royal Marine Richard Hollington, this is a great chance to become a hero yourself. The money raised will go to Help for Heroes and the event takes place on Trafalgar Day.

It’s a simple, fun way to build on all the work being done by dedicated individuals like Mr Garbutt.

So if you want to be a hero too, sign up, get involved and show your support.